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In almost every school in Germany it is strongly restricted to use computers. After my opinion this is not in keeping with time. There are many reasons why I am this opinion. First a rising number of homework is better to realize with a computer. The power of text editing or typesetting with a computer for instance is unsurpassed. You can just write your stuff and have a direct feedback if a word is misspelled. After that you can read the text again, make your final corrections easily and send or print it. And the result is perfectly readable. Another advantage at last for me is that I can write much faster with a keyboard than with a pen. Many teachers have also noticed these facts. There are also some tasks that have to be done with a computer. But here you can see the conflict. I am not allowed to get my work done effectively at school. This is illogical. Computers are used in so many sectors today. And using computers is a prerequisite for many jobs.

It is clear that using a general purpose computer needs a certain degree of responsibility and media savvy. Because of that I don’t think that using a computer should be allowed in general. But it should be permitted for all pupils above a certain class. For now I would suggest that using computers outside the lessons for pupils should be tenable from class ten. In the future this age will probably be lowered because computers will become more and more important and because computer technology will be used increasingly.

Another nice use is to learn vocabulary or more precisely relations with a computer. This is far more effective for me because I don’t learn anything like that just by reading new words. So it’s a nice thing for me to write them and get a feedback immediately. There are some more advantages for example learning with the Leitner system. These features are all implemented by the open source software Parley, which I could recommend for those tasks.

You might think that all these tasks should be doable in the computer room in school. Well, theoretically they are, but there are a few problems. One thing is that at least our computer room is almost always locked and when you ask a teacher to unlock it you will probably get an answer like “Ask someone else” or “I haven’t got the permission for unlocking”. Another point is that this solution won’t scale as good as if pupils could use there own computers, because at least at my school there are only around 15 computers. So I would prefer using my own computer. And maybe in a couple of years wireless Internet will also be available.

I will finish this article by having a look at universities. As far as I know, there is no restriction at all for using computers, even in a lecture you can use a laptop to write down the main points or something else. I think this fact should also support my opinion.

A German translation can be found here.

Wörter wie gut, befriedigend oder mangelhaft sind als Benotung langweilig. Man könnte die Noten auch mit SPL beschreiben. Dann wäre auch der Bezug zur Note (Zahl) klar, zumindest für einen SPL-Interpreter. Die Shakespeare Programming Language (SPL) ist eine esoterische Programmiersprache, die wie ein Drama von William Shakespeare aufgebaut ist.

Hier ist eine mögliche Beschreibung der Noten in SPL.
Die ersten zwei Zeilen beschreiben den Wert beziehungsweise die Note 1 (sehr gut). Mit dem Satz „Open your heart.“ wird der durch den zweiten Satz definierte Wert (entspricht dem Wert des ersten Satzes) als Dezimalzahl ausgegeben.

Juliet: You are as amazing as a King!
You are as amazing as the difference between a brave hero and a stone wall.
Open your heart!

Dies entspricht der Note 2 (gut):

Juliet: You are as fine as the product of a cute squirrel and a flower.
Open your heart.

Note 3 (befriedigend):

Juliet: You are as normal as the sum of a sunny fine summer's day and a coward.
Open your heart.

Note 4 (ausreichend):

Juliet: You are as bad as the difference between a evil foul leech and a damned dirty infected pig.
Open your heart.

Note 5 (mangelhaft):

Juliet: You are as horrible as the difference between a road and the damned cursed war.
Open your heart.

Und Note 6 (ungenügend):

Juliet: You are as stupid as the product of the evil death and the difference between a fatherless half-witted toad and the devil!
Open your heart.

Vielleicht macht das ja Mal ein Prof oder Lehrer. 😎

Ich habe letztens mal für Englisch einen sehr empfehlenswerten Science-Fiction Roman zusammengefasst. Es geht um das Buch Das Jesus Video von dem deutschen Schriftsteller Andreas Eschbach.

The novel starts with the protagonist Stephen Foxx. He is a rich american student who helped with an archaeological dig in Israel. During the dig he found a skeleton and a user manual from a Sony digital video camera. Stephen’s mentor Charles Wilford-Smith found out that the man and the manual were two thousand years old. After that discovery, Stephen called Sony and asked about the camera model, but the engineer told him that this model was still in development. Soon they began to think on a time travel with the intention to film Jesus Christ and the investor of the dig, John Kaun started to search for the camera. But John excluded Stephen from the searching. Stephen started his own and he had an advantage, a letter from the time traveller. In the letter the time traveller talked about his story. He really filmed Jesus and hid the camera and the three tapes. But he also wrote that the time travel was more like an accident. So Stephen and his friends Judith and her brother Yehoshuah started searching by the Western Wall. But the part of the Western Wall where the time traveller hid the camera is nowadays under the ground. After this idea they had heard about a tunnel system under the Western Wall dug by monks a few hundred years ago. So probably the monks had already found the camera. The three visited the monastery and it turned out that they were right. The monks had owned the mirror as they had called it over centuries. But John was on their trail. So they had to escape through a cave without Yehoshuah. Stephen tried to turn the camera on but the storage battery finally died after two thousand years. Stephen and Judith succumbed after they had walked too long in the desert. John found them, reactivated the camera and watched the footage. He said that the whole world would have to watch this. But before he had the possibility to show it to someone three agents from the Vatican appeared and destroyed the camera and the tape.

Three years passed. Stephen was working for a company, which sold the new video equipment from Sony. He saw a list of the first buyers. Stephen found out that there was only one guy who had ordered a player but no camera and the name of this person was Charles Wilford-Smith. So Stephen had this suspicion …
He drove to him and told Wilford-Smith his theory. After some hesitation Wilford-Smith told his part of the story. He found one tape in 1947, but had no means to watch the footage on them as the technology had not been invented yet. So he became an archaeologist and had started to search for the camera. But he didn’t find it.
But two weeks ago he got the player. They watched the footage. It showed Jesus in a very powerful and touching way. After Stephen had seen the video he changed.
Once again some agents from the Vatican appeared, destroyed the tape and vanished. But this time it was not really annoying because Wilford-Smith and his friends had made thousands of copies and distributed them all over the world. So the Vatican could not keep the truth about the video any longer.

Two and a half years later. Stephan worked temporarily in a motel. A guy talked about his trip to Israel he was going to do and he showed his Sony video camera. He said something more matching with the story Stephan already knew. So Stephan was sure that this guy must have been the time traveller …

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